Places Scrutiny Panel – 30 May 2012
PRESENT: Councillor T Foster in the chair.
Councillors Davison (vice chair), Armitage, Clark and P Vickers.
Councillor Collinson attended the meeting in accordance with the provisions of Procedure Rule 1.36 (b).
The panel met at the Civic Centre, Scunthorpe.
124 DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – There were no declarations of personal or personal and prejudicial interests –
No whip was declared.
125 MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of this panel held on 30 April 2012, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the chairman.
126 PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK – There were no requests received.
127 (1) TERMS OF REFERENCE – The Director of Policy and Resources briefed members on the Places Scrutiny Panel terms of reference which were agreed by council at its Annual Meeting on 15 May 2012.
In addition, to assist members’ understanding of their terms of reference, the Director had invited the Director of Places whose service areas mirrored the terms of reference of the scrutiny panel.
Consequently, the Chairman welcomed the council’s Director of Places, Assistant Director Technical and Environment Services and Assistant Director Planning and Regeneration to the meeting, namely Peter Williams, Trevor Laming and Marcus Walker respectively. The Director gave an oversight of his service area, paying particular attention to the future challenges and policy developments in the service. Following the presentation, the Chairman invited members to question the council’s Director of Places, Assistant Director Technical and Environment Services and Assistant Director Planning and Regeneration
Resolved – (a) That the panel’s terms of reference be noted; (b) that Director of Places, Assistant Director Technical and Environment Services and Assistant Director Planning and Regeneration be thanked for their attendance, presentation and for answering members’ questions, and (c) that the potential work streams suggested by the Director for the panel be discussed later in the meeting (minute 131 refers).
128 (2) MEETINGS OF THE SCRUTINY PANEL – The Director of Policy and Resources circulated dates of future scheduled meetings. The Chairman explained that it was envisaged that informal meetings or sub-groups would meet in-between formal dates, reporting back to the full panel.
Resolved – That the report be noted.
129 (3) OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY PROCEDURE RULES – The Director of Policy and Resources briefed members on the changes to the overview and scrutiny procedure rules which were agreed by council at its Annual Meeting on 15 May 2012.
Resolved – That the overview and scrutiny procedure rules be noted.
130 (4) CO-ORDINATION OF THE NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK – The Director of Policy and Resources circulated the latest draft of the panel’s report into the ‘co-ordination of the North Lincolnshire Neighbourhood Watch Network’.
Members discussed the report, before giving consideration to potential conclusions and recommendations.
Resolved –That the comments made by members be incorporated into the report, with a final version presented to members at its next meeting.
131 CONSIDERATION OF WORK PROGRAMME – Members discussed their future work programme and priorities for the 2012/13 municipal year.
Resolved – That a detailed list be prepared by the Director of Policy and Resources for consideration at the next meeting.
132 CONSIDERATION OF TRAINING REQUIREMENTS – The Director of Policy and Resources enquired as to whether members had any specific training needs they wished to address. Members engaged in a discussion as to panel specific training they would wish to participate in.
Resolved – That the Director arrange a site visit for all panel members to Safer Neighbourhoods and basic drug and alcohol awareness training as soon as practicable.
133 (5) POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONERS – BULLETIN NUMBER EIGHT – The Director of Policy and Resources circulated the Police and Crime Commissioners Policy Briefing Number 8 for members’ information.
In addition, the Director circulated a response from the council’s Chief Executive in response to the panel’s query as to why this authority did not bid to host the Police and Crime Panel.
Resolved – That the information be noted.
134 DEVELOPMENTS LOCALLY – UPDATE – The Director of Policy and Resources updated members on some key developments locally with regard to the South Humber division of Humberside Police.
Resolved – That the situation be noted..
135 ADDED ITEM – There was no added item for consideration at the meeting.